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Re: Brown: Quins' defence not good enough
Posted by: Adi Nako
Date: 22/10/2017 11:17
Quinky Kin
The defence is good enough. It's individual players going to sleep that isn't. That's the really irritating part - in 80 minutes they can do 77 minutes of defence but those 3 minutes switched off kill us.

This doesn't make sense to me. You might as well say that the defence is good enough, except when it isn't.

Not sure I agree. Using that same logic, you could argue that a kicker isn't good enough because he misses a kick. Or Robshaw isn't good enough because he missed a tackle.

And so it becomes a question of averages. On average does Chris Robshaw miss more tackles than the next man? (No.) On average do we as a team make more defensive errors than the next team? (164 points conceded in the Premiership so far; only Glos, Worcs and Irish are worse.)

Granted, points conceded is an imperfect proxy for (lack of) quality in defence. It could be that we're conceding so many points by giving away too many kickable penalties, but my feeling is that it's the soft seven-pointers that are the main problem.

We are 7th in tries conceded (19, best is 12). That we are in a lower position on the points against table implies that it's slightly more a penalty issue, but both aspects are poor.

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